That's good to hear. I'm just champing at the bit because while Scoured Stars is a great product I'm sure a lot of people are going to enjoy...I had the idea for running it a full 2 years before it was announced, made my own version and finished it, so I'm not super jazzed to run it again, you know?
Any hints we can get about "Unannounced rulebook"?
I'm pretty sure water in a vacuum would actually boil!
https://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/ask/244-What-would-happen-if-you-pour-w ater-into-space-#:~:text=Water%20poured%20into%20space%20(outside,it%20does %20at%20sea%20level.
I will say, as someone who ran Scoured Stars a full year before they announced it, fully Starfinder Society legal with filler adventures to make up the XP, it was a great campaign. Being able to get down from 27 sessions to 12 and still have a coherent campaign with gming rewards might convince me to run it again for a new group.
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Will the size of Starfinder rulebooks also increase to match Pathfinder?
I'd be very concerned if this marked an end to monthly/bimonthly Adventure Path content.
Also, have the adventures been padded out significantly? If we're expecting to level once every 4-5 hours, and theres roughly 12 scenarios, but it goes to level 15, that's 1 level per scenario with 2 levels unaccounted for?
Drift is moving to Proof of Stake any day now we swear
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Considering that one shots are way smaller them modules, and Free RPG day adventures have been a thing since year one of starfinder, this doesn't in any way make it seem like there's not going to be less Starfinder content going forward. Like, if Paizo has bandwidth problems and has to cut back, and starfinder once again is getting the short end, that's whatever. Business happens, material reality is what it is. But it is happening, and pretending it isn't or trying to obfuscate that is really disappointing. I'd hope for more honest communication from Paizo on the subject.
My read was that Sebti's ritual requires the Mask (or rather, the necromantic energy focus sustaining the undead) in order to undo it's works.
So the choice between Sebti and Nakht is either a)we unleash the psychopomps (with some big "some of you will die but thats a sacrifice I'm willing to make" energy) or b) we trust some random adventurers to go steal the cause of this so Sebti can undo it.
I know there have been formal studies done where identical applications were sent out where the only difference was John/Juan or similar markers, and on a statistical scale that definitely made a difference, where such applicants were contacted less frequently.
Gender neutral characters exist, and gender neutral (non binary etc) people exist. And as society becomes both more aware of that fact and more tolerant, languages need to evolve to reflect that. The purpose of language is communication, and if a rule of a language hinders communication it usually gets changed by the weight of society ignoring it. Its not an overwriting of culture, just an evolution of it.
I've seen some push to using Latine as a gender neutral construction instead of Latinx. I have no data or knowledge on the thoughts of the relevant communities on its use though. Regardless latinx certainly isn't a slur, but language is an evolving process and finding the word that handles what latinx is supposed to handle is ongoing. Certainly noone here is trying to be derogatory.
Lets go further- do you enjoy being paid legal currency, rather company scrip? Do you enjoy your employer having a duty to provide relevant safety equipment for your profession, as well as a duty of care to ensure a safe working environment?
Cause those are all things that labour unions ensured for you. Those rules are written in the blood of workers that corporations literally attempted to murder for unionising.
And that last sentence isn't hyperbole. I'm being very literal.
I've run homebrew, I've run modules, I've run society. There are definitely trash modules out there, as well as GM's that are bad at running AP's (though I've never run into one who I thought that would be better at running a homebrew or sandbox game)
Games are games, and personally, I can't imagine being beset with so much choice for people to GM that I'd be turning my nose up just because it's an AP.
Also...who's surprised to discover 1d4chan is still a thing?
Aaron Shanks wrote:
I would like to state for the record that as someone who has been running paizo games on roll20 for nearly a decade, selling those high resolution maps to customers, even as unformatted pdfs... I would pay for that. It is eminently frustrating having to either make due with blurry maps or remake them in programs like dungeon painter etc.
Honestly it wouldnt hurt to add a little extra in anyway. Starfinder APs are notoriously stingy cause they count every bit of treasure as full value rather then sell value.
My plan is to give players a bonus cash payment on top of BP equivalent to 50 times level per BP earned. This represents their profit margin on trades. So at level 4, if they pull off a 15 BP profit, they get 3000 credits between them
So, I whole clothed another mission introducing Luculla, where the guards were confiscating metal goods in order to melt them down for "The War Effort" (Actually just Thrune being greedy- he's gonna sell them on the black market) which introduced Luculla getting backhanded across the street while all of her cooking implements are appropriated.
This gave her a good intro to the group, and I made sure to play up her interactions with the players allies- in particular giving free confectionary to the orphans my players were protecting.
Later when they fought their way through the cult, I gave her a scroll of invisibility to use for the fight there, so when things went south, she hid in the back room, tied herself up and gave herself a head wound, acted like the players were rescuing her from being sacrificed.
From there she was...uncannily always seeming into distress. The party interrupt her attempt to recruit Varl Wex to the cult? "Oh no, this slasher is going to kill me!" etc.
Eventually one of the players started sleeping with her...and she took the opportunity later to try and ritually extract his sorcerous blood for...specific character reasons that would take far too long to explain.
Nothing like players going into a boss fight they weren't expecting, where the boss has been buffed...by them
Request for digital PDF Patron upgrade(s) to directly support the labor force behind PF2e products in light of the compensation issues recently addressed by Mark Seifter.
Leon Aquilla wrote:
I think you'll see a Second Darkness remaster before they give us extra Starfinder content, sadly. I get it, we're small potatoes compared to Pathfinder. Still disappointing though
I don't think you're wrong that a lot of traditional brick and mortar stores are pivoting away from supporting rpgs for the reasons you've mentioned.
But I've also seen a huge increase in places like board game cafes hosting rpgs. If you're only selling chips and maybe cans, that's mostly what rpg players are gonna buy and probably not much of them. But if you're selling stuff like paninis, ice cream sundaes, gratuitous milkshakes etc, you're gonna make a lot more, probably with a higher markup.
I've had conversations with my local, pre pandemic and he was pretty adamant that rpg tables were some of their bigger earners on the weekend, because we're their long enough doing one thing that we end up getting lunch, and maybe some dessert afterwards. And also because someone is always late, people browse the comics and nerdy memorabilia they sell and usually one of them ends up buying stuff.
Saying that "if you want more money, find a better paying job" means implicitly accepting that whoever does that job should experience poverty.
If work is worth doing, the person doing it should receive enough money to live on. If a company is physically unable to pay its workers a living wage, it needs to restructure because clearly it is a failing business.
Totally Not Gorbacz wrote:
Not to diminish the issues being discussed, but if you want Pathfinder run by an ethical company, I would not be choosing WoTC
Like I say, I'm not taking any hasty action. Just saying that I don't feel I can honestly and stridently push the game and company as I have in the past, and that this puts a severe damper on the excitement I had. I should be over the moon about Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite. I was heavily involved in the precog playtest and was incredibly excited for Galactic Magic. As it is, I just feel disheartened. It's not about punishment or whatever, and I want to emphasise that I don't think less of anyone who chooses not to boycott. I believe Crystal Frasier said as much in one of her tweet threads. Paizo have made excellent products, but it is hard to enjoy them knowing this.
Honestly what I really would want to see at a minimum would be a robust overhaul in Paizos accountability and internal procedures. I would really prefer Paizo avoided becoming another Bon Appetit where management's reaction to a scandal tanks the brand in a way even worse then the original scandal
I'm deeply disappointed by the developments and revelations, and more so by Paizo's awful response.
I'm not saying I'll never give them any money again, or that I'm burning all my books or anything like that, but I am done acting as an ambassador for them. I've spent a lot of time and energy pushing and driving to create a starfinder community in the UK, with an emphasis on inclusively. It's hard to summon up any enthusiasm for that going forward unless Paizo can make some clear changes and address the very reasonable concerns going forward.
I doubt I'll be purchasing any of their upcoming content. Which is a shame, I was strongly considering getting into PF2.
I hope Paizo can restore trust. I want to support them. I want to be able to get excited about the upcoming Starfinder books.
Steve Geddes wrote:
I wouldnt mind if they wanted to start releasing them as Ebook only- I'm wondering if the new Web fiction is a sort of soft pilot for them?